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Partner & Head of Extradition and Deputy Head of Crime
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Qualified

2003

Trained With

Coninghams Solicitors

Languages

English, Gujarati, French, German

Profile

I have 11 years’ post qualification experience specialising in publicly (and increasingly privately) funded criminal defence work, as well as expertise in extradition law. I have a vast amount of experience in advocacy, case preparation, legal research, and office management.

I am able to work autonomously on a varied caseload and have a strong own client following. I value professionalism, integrity, quality of work, and client care and utilise these skills to ensure that I provide the best level of service for my clients.

My passion and commitment to robustly defend the rights of my clients, provide them with impeccable advice and representation both in the police station, courts and at every stage of their case, together with my approachable and empathetic nature is but one of the reasons that clients will often insist on me representing them over others.

It is very fulfilling to receive recommendations, praise and thanks not only from clients but Judges, other court users and colleagues alike. An example of this was when a specialist extradition District Judge nominated me to take on the case of an unrepresented person whose extradition was sought, on the basis that I was an expert in that field and would be able to look after his interests.

Awards, Accreditations and Memberships

  • Police and Court Duty Solicitor
  • Higher Rights of Audience, Named Crime Category Supervisor
  • Member of Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates
  • Member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association
  • Listed in the Super Lawyers magazine for Criminal Law

Recent Successes

  • Dragos Iacob v Courthouse of Bacau Romania – Judge granted the first ever application for permission to appeal an extradition matter “out of time”.
  • R v E - Murder
  • R v P - Historic Rape
  • Croatia v C - Successfully challenged the extradition of a client accused of war crimes during the Yugoslav Wars based on human rights grounds
  • R v R and others - multi-handed 'car ringing' Conspiracy
  • R v T - Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession of firearms with intent to endanger life
  • R v A and others - multi-handed immigration fraud
  • R v O and others - multi-handed 'Ponzi scheme' style fraud
  • R v P - conspiracy to steal from the British Transport Police



What My Clients Say About Me

"Chirag's professional assistance was absolutely top drawer. His very perceptive enlisting of the Barrister Saoirse Townshend (36 Bedford Row Extradition Specialists). Communications from Chirag were always very clear and wasted no time in finding the key points for the successful outcome of my case. Chirag would always respond to my questions by email in due course. Even when Chirag went on holiday for 2 weeks towards the final weeks of my case, he ensured that all members of his team were left fully informed and able to carry on my fight even when he wasn't here taking a well earned rest. John Molleskog who Chirag fully briefed was able to arrange for a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist to visit me at my home on a Saturday morning for 3 hours 10 minutes and subsequently able to produce a medical report. That level of service by Chirag Patel and his Extradition team at McMillan Williams Solicitors still amazes me - Absolutely First Class. In conclusion I would recommend that anybody should look no further than Chirag Patel if they require a first class Solicitor Advocate and you require the best chance of a success." - Mr Drake (Jun 2016)

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